After being rebooted for the big screen in 1998, the TV series Lost in Space is coming back to the small screen with a new version from Legendary TV and Dracula Untold writers Burk Sharpless and Matt Sazama.
The original series, which ran for three seasons from 1965 to 1968, was set 30 years into the future (1997) following the adventures of the Robinson family, who were sent by the U.S. government on a five and a half year mission to colonize other planets. When a secret foreign agent, Dr. Zachary Smith, sabotages the mission, their ship goes wildly off course and they become lost in space.
The show is said to be a passion project for Legendary Entertainment, ever since they first formed their TV division while based at Warner Bros. The studio's frustration over not getting the series made is reportedly one of the issues that lead Legendary to break free from Warner Bros. and move to Universal Pictures.
Burk Sharpless and Matt Sazama are writing the pilot script, with Kevin Burns producing for Synthesis Entertainment, the company that holds the rights to Irwin Allen's original series. Kevin Burns formed Synthesis Entertainment 15 years ago with Legendary's Jon Jashni to create new projects based on Irwin Allen's work. Synthesis first tried to revive Lost in Space as an NBC television movie, but that project fell apart after the death of original series star Jonathan Harris. They also tried another reboot series during the 2003-2004 season, with Warner Bros. winning the pilot in a bidding war, although it was never given a series order.
Burk Sharpless and Matt Sazama also wrote upcoming projects such as The Last Witch Hunter and Gods of Egypt.